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four mile canyon northwest of boulder. since then, winds up to 45 miles an hour have spread those flames in several directions. so far, though, no injuries have been reported. craigslist is still under criticism this morning even after shutting down its adult services section late last week. it appears the ads for erotic services are still on the site, just placed elsewhere. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: of all the words listed on craigslist, nothing is attract is as much attention as this one. censored. it appears where "adult services" used to be. at first glance it seems their virtual red light district disappeared into cyberspace. but after a simple point and click on the site we found adult services still on craigslist, in plain sight, under a different category. casual encounters. craigslist contended all along taking down the adult services section would only drive sex ads to other parts of the site. that's what happened. we found several ads like this one, seeking young beautiful ladies, give us a call, pay to
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play. this certainly isn't what the group of attorneys general had in mind when they wrote a joint letter to craigslist last month calling for the section to be removed. >> if it does migrate to another part of craigslist, then this will be another battle that we have to fight in this war. >> reporter: last month, this young woman talked to abc's david wright. >> i was sold for sex by the hour at truck stops and cheap motels. >> reporter: she said pimps use craigslist to sell her for sex. >> the "world news" story actually helped because it built a public sympathy that pushed craigslist to shut their adult services section down and to help young people understand that people actually care and want them to get help. >> the website stands to lose a lot of money here. the adult services section was expected to bring in $45 million this year. linsey davis, abc news, new york. top u.s. military commanders in afghanistan are warning that plans by a florida church to burn copies of the koran could
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endanger the lives of american soldiers. that warning comes amid angry anti-american protests in afghanistan. demonstrators are enraged at the announcement of the planned koran burning which will coincide with the commemoration of the 9/11 attacks this weekend. the gainesville church has been denied a permit for the bonfire but says it will go ahead with it anyway. investigators in west virginia are trying to figure out the cause of a fire which killed 27 race horses. four barns near the racetrack in charles town burned to the ground. workers described a frantic scene as they tried to pull horses to safety as the fire spread. they were able to save nearly 30 of the animals. san francisco police have arrested a daredevil climber who managed to scale a 58-story downtown building. stuntman dan goodwin, also known as skyscraper man, managed to climb up the city's millennium tower and unfurl an american flag at the top. it took good conserve win about three hours to scale the 645-foot residential building.
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goodwin used suction cups, not ropes, for that big climb. >> nothing stopped him. here's another impressive man. a southern california man is nurse something sore feet this morning after setting a new world record for running in the sand. >> christian burke began his trek in hermosa beach at noon on sunday and ran for 24 straight hours. his idea was to raise money for the town's cash-poor schools which face a nearly $700,000 budget shortfall. >> at about the 15-hour mark, burke had logged 62 miles, breaking the record word. raised about $5,000. it's one thing to just run long distances, then on sand on top of that, it's really impressive. >> more "world news now" right after this. z diabetics on medicare!
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now a warning to anyone out there that has been issued a corporate credit card. last year alone, employees charged $140 billion on them. >> what happens to that balance if your company goes out of business? the responsibility, it's yours. elisabeth leamy has the story. >> reporter: plane tickets. hotel rooms. taxicabs. office supplies. building supplies. party supplies. all things your company could ask you to charge. but we ware. if you use a corporate credit card, there's a chance you could be stuck with the bill. >> i was beside myself. >> reporter: charlie higis used to work for a company that manufactured duck hunting decoys. when the company went under, charlie felt like he was the one being hunted over his $10,000 company credit card tab. >> there was absolutely no communication at all indicating
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that i would be liable for a credit card that i was using that belonged to a corporation that i worked for. >> reporter: but according to rpmg research, 35% of corporate cards have individual or joint liability arrangements where the employee is responsible for the debt. and believe it or not, large companies, including many fortune 500 firms, are the most likely to make their employees personally liable for their company card. >> this is just so destructive to individuals like myself who had no idea that this could happen. >> reporter: charlie's employer had never paid his final bill. he found out when he got turned down for a personal loan and the loan officer told him he had a lousy credit score. >> i just went numb. i said -- i said to her, you must be looking at the wrong credit report. >> reporter: the thought of paying your company's delinquent debt is bad enough. but the impact on your credit score is even worse. charlie's score plunged more
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than 100 points, causing a ripple effect he says cost him tens of thousands in lost business opportunities. he's hoping to find an attorney to help him sue. >> the credit score had been destroyed, my life had been destroyed. i basically lost everything. >> reporter: charlie's not alone. the legal website avvo.com has seen a huge uptick in questions about corporate card liability since the recession hit. >> the credit card company can come after your company, the one that issued the corporate credit card, or they can come after you personally, and that's where a lot of people get confused and hurt. >> reporter: credit.com offers red flags you may be personally responsible for your corporate card debt. if the card shows up on your credit report. if you are required to pay the bill yourself and then get reimbursed. and if you provided personal financial information to get the card. >> where the bells and whistles and red flags and flashing lights should go off is if you're the one filling out the
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application and you're signing, you're giving your social security number. >> reporter: that's when a company card becomes less of a privilege and more of a problem. elisabeth leamy, abc news. >> the scary ting here is that these business cards are not protected by that federal credit card bill that just passed. credit card companies are even marketing to people, trying to give them corporate cards even though they may not qualify for it, because it skirts the new law. >> a little bit of a trap. go to abcnews.com. we've got all these great tips in case the credit card companies are coming after you and what to do if it hurts your credit. protecting your credit is of the utmost importance. >> anything credit card, be careful. the internet sensation that women are going nuts over. >> it is the dirty secret behind facebook's farmville when we come back.
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now to a story about the facebook phenomenon farmville. it has turned millions of everyday web surfers massachusetts virtual farmers. >> but are the hours spent raising cattle and tending crops turning the seemingly harmless game into an addiction? here's claire shipman. >> reporter: maybe we've been yearning to get back to our roots, back to a simpler way of life. maybe it's just a lot of fun. whatever the reason, life on the virtual farm via a wildly popular online game has now entranced some 80 million players worldwide. more than half of them women. >> my husband walks past me and just says, you've got to be kidding action you're on farmville again? >> reporter: farmville is now facebook's most popular app. >> this is part of my farm. >> reporter: for maria, tending crops, buying animals, expanding
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her empire has become an obsession. >> right here is my plants which are ready to be harvested. >> reporter: she works part-time and has two children but still manages to get on farmville, where she can even sell her crops to friends online. >> i go on at least twice a day. >> definitely more than three times a day. i do like five. she'll like go on first when i come home, then she'll be like, can you get off for a second so i can go on? >> reporter: it's the first time maria has ever played a social game. at age 49 she represents a growing demographic. the average social gamer isn't a young male huddled in the family den, but rather, a 43-year-old woman who increasingly can move from obsession to addiction. >> they have tried to stop, they couldn't. they've tried to put time limits on their farmville use but they couldn't. >> reporter: that was marianne thomas' life. >> i did feel like i was addicted to farmville. i'd play it in the morning, in
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the evenings, all during the day. i gained probably at least ten pounds. >> reporter: the only way she could get her life back to normal was by quitting the game cold turkey. >> it's a lot better around here since i quit playing farmville. >> a lot of people say, i can quit any time i want to, i just don't want to. but oftentimes they can't stop, they crave it. >> reporter: since i'm part of the new farmville demographic i decided i'd get the help of a gaming expert, my son hugo. show me how it's done. >> we need to plow this one. >> it tells you when it needs plowing? we would have to pay $50 to get 310 points. can we use your allowance money? >> no! mom! >> the only problem i can see with this is that i think i'd be tempted to spend a lot of my money buying seeds and plants. and i don't think my husband would be very happy. >> i can see that. >> reporter: in fact, 15% of those 80 million farmville players do spend real money on the game. 5% spend at least $20 a month. that pay to play option, along
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with advertising revenue, has helped build a very profitable business for farmville's parent company zenya, which is expected to make $450 million this year alone. farmville outsiders don't understand the fuss. >> i don't understand why you want to build a farm. i just don't. >> some of your friends play farmville? >> yes, it's stupid. >> my brother is a junior in high school, he loved it, his friends were the first ones to tell me about it. my parents will be like telling me about their friends who are trying to get them to play farmville. >> reporter: compulsion or ho y hobby, maria isn't quite sure. >> i would just say that i like it. pure and simple, i like it. i like gardening, i like animals, both items are there. addicting? i hope not. >> reporter: claire shipman, washington. >> all right, i'm a gardener too but i can't relate to this. what cracks me up is the pay to play option. just in time for the holidays, target has announced they're
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when prince harry visited a strip club the same tabloid quoted verbatim a teasing message left by his older brother on his cell phone. "the news of the world" claims it was all the work of one rogue employee and a private investigator, who were beth jailed for hacking into the phones of royal aides. but the accusations continued. claims the celebrity power couple, david and victoria beckham's messages were intercepted. model elle mcpherson's phone too. >> such was the culture of intimidation and bullying that you would do it. >> reporter: during a lengthy investigation the "new york times" spoke to a former news of the world reporter who says he hacked into phones, his editor knew it, and that editor now works for the british government. what started off as another nasty tabloid story in london quickly became a hot political issue. because the former editor of "news of the world," andy coulsen, is now the communications director for the
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prime minister. >> nor do i have any recollection of instances where phone hacking took place. >> i have stood by andy and been requested to tap phones or hack into them. he was well aware that the practice exists. >> reporter: in parliament, the conservative home secretary, the nation's top cop, deflected calls for a new investigation. but the left-leaning labor party here smells blood. >> surely if this affair rumbles on will the prime minister come and make a statement, relieving coulsen of his job? >> reporter: a tabloid scandal where the tabloid is the headline and has the potential to become the first political scandal for the new government here. miguel marquez, abc news, london. >> what a scary thought, a scary world. people can hack into your cell phone messages now. >> exactly. verbatim. that's the news for this half hour.
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the burning debate over burning the koran. >> islam is an evil religion. >> muslims are protesting and u.s. military leaders say his plans aren't good for american troops. then, job hunting. as president obama unveils new plans to boost the economy, why is it so hard for some who want to work to actually find a job? and, a remarkable reunion. >> i'm your daughter. >> it happened in a hospital room completely by surprise, and just in the nick of time. it's tuesday, september 7th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now."
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good morning, i'm meg oliver. vinita nair is on vacation. >> i'm rob nelson. good morning, everybody. we begin with the florida minister's controversial call to burn the koran this saturday on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. >> the plan is drawing protests from around the world, and now the american commander in afghanistan says it could put u.s. troops in harm's way. martha raddatz reports from kabul. >> reporter: the crowd in downtown kabul reached nearly 500, with protesters chanting "long live the koran." an effigy of pastor terry jones from the tiny florida church was lit on fire. the protesters well aware of the pastor's inflammatory comments. >> islam is an evil religion. >> reporter: but anger has spread far beyond pastor jones, with chants of "death to america" echoing through the crowd. minutes later, rocks were hurled at a passing u.s. military convoy. the u.s. commander in
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afghanistan, general david threat to burn the koran, saying in a statement that it could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort here." we spoke in kabul with the former vice chief of staff of the army. >> it is outrageous and it is insulting to muslims. but it's also insulting to our soldiers in terms of what they stand for and what their commitment is to this country and to the muslims in this country. >> reporter: pastor terry jones vowed he would go ahead with the koran burning. >> what we are doing is long overdue. we're revealing again the violence of islam that is much, much deeper than we would like to admit. >> reporter: jones has gotten more than 8,000 followers on facebook. but a page condemning him has 20 times that number. that has not calmed the protesters in kabul, and there are fears that the protest plans for tuesday could be even larger. martha raddatz, abc news, kabul.
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tropical storm hermine is making her presence known this morning after slamming into mexico's northern gulf coast. the storm is now aiming at south texas. hermine is already churning up the waters from brownsville to galveston along the texas coast and it's already created dangerous conditions for beachgoers. the storm is packing heavy rain and winds up to 65 miles an hour. forecasters say hermine will drop up to 1 foot of rain in spots today. >> good luck to those folks today. plenty wet along the rest of the gulf coast today with showers extending from louisiana into georgia along with most of florida. rainy conditions in the pacific northwest and the great lakes. we'll get winds up to 45 miles an hour along with some showers. >> and it will be hot today along the entire east coast. mostly in the high 80s. 10 degrees above average in some spots. another major hot spot, the southwest. in other news now, president obama is set to unveil his latest proposal to boost the
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nation's sagging economy. the president will propose that businesses be able to write off all new investments in plant and equipment through the end of next year. that would be a business tax cut of up to $200 billion over two years. yesterday the president called for a $50 billion plan to rebuild the nation's infrastructure. >> we are going to rebuild 150,000 miles of our roads. that's enough to circle the world six times. that's a lot of roads. we're going to lay and maintain 4,000 miles of our railways. enough to stretch coast to coast. we're going to restore 150 miles of runways. >> the president noted that during the recession back in the early '80s, it took the average american looking for work about three months to find a job. this time around, it is taking a lot longer. here now is chris bury. >> reporter: beverly wytrack, 32, two kids, college degree. how long have you been out of work? >> about a year, a little over a year. >> reporter: like beverly, a
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project manager, nearly half of those looking for work have been unemployed at least six months. how many jobs have you applied for? >> 300 or 400. >> reporter: her computer crammed with rejections from a frustrating job hunt. >> i assumed it would take a month or two, maybe three. >> reporter: now she supports her family on unemployment benefits. $971 every two weeks. pride kept her from food stamps until her savings ran out two months ago. >> you're in the store and you don't want people to know. >> reporter: in past downturns job hunters have bounced back far more quickly. in 1976 it took under ten weeks on average. 1983, 12 weeks. '94, 10 weeks. nearly 26 weeks to find a job. >> not only does it increase the costs to society of supporting those who are unemployed, it also increases the anxiety of those who are employed, which means they're going to save more
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and spend less, which makes the recovery even weaker. >> reporter: now beverly frets about losing her home on a block dotted with others for sale, so she keeps on looking. >> you can't give up. you know, somebody's hiring out there. somebody will give me a job. >> reporter: this recession, so different, so difficult, as all those months without work take their toll. chris bury, abc news, summit, illinois. a powerful wildfire that started in the foothills of colorado is continuing to spread. and now officials say that at least 1,000 homes have to be evacuated. the fire started yesterday northwest of boulder. since then, winds of up to 45 miles an hour have spread flames in several directions. so far, luckily, no injuries have been reported. >> lucky indeed there. all right, a certain statue in san diego might as welllled . because just can't get any respect. >> it's supposed to pay homage to surfing but instead people continue to mock it.
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the statue known as the carlsbad zorro, clad in a cape, sword and a hat with a red feather. it's also been dressed up as jaws, it's been decorated for halloween and christmas, and it's been turned into uncle sam as well. >> the artist who is a surfer is not amused. he calls the impromptu adornments an insult. heck, think he's got to put a positive spin on it. look at all the attention he's getting. people are coming by, taking pictures. >> it's a surfer, not a former president. relax, dude, surf's up. more after this. [ female announcer ] fact.
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forests are some of the most precious parts of nature. they're home to millions of species, some never seen before on tv. >> one of those elusive animals has been the tree kangaroo, that is, until now. dan harris reports now from new guinea. >> reporter: if you want to get a real close-up look at what's known as the ghost of the forests, one of the most rare, beautiful, and elusive creatures on earth, the tree kangaroo, you have to climb way, way up into a towering tree. >> then one guy will climb up close to her, and he'll make noise so that she'll come down. >> she'll jump? >> yes. >> reporter: the tree kangaroo and the man trying to scare her down are so high up that we can barely see them from the ground. >> she's going to try to get away. okay, okay. >> reporter: she jumps, free-falls right out of the tree. >> there we go. >> reporter: it may be 100 feet to the ground. >> easy. easy.
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she's big. >> reporter: before we tell you how this turns out, here's how we got here. we have choppered into a cloud forest in the mountains of papua new guinea. our guide is lisa daybeck, an american biologist who has dedicated her life to saving the tree kangaroo. >> just be really careful. there's holes. >> reporter: she first saw these animals 20 years ago at a zoo in the u.s. >> i fell in love with them then. plus they're beautiful. the more i learned about them the more i knew that i wanted to help them. >> is it true that you went eight years without seeing one in the wild? >> yes. >> reporter: finally a few years ago daybeck and her team managed to get radio collars on some treeroos. >> it's so hard to find them. >> she's tearing right out of there. >> good. she's saying, hi, dan.
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okay, okay, there she goes. >> reporter: that's when the guy up in the tree gets close enough for her to jump. once she's on the ground, the men rush in to grab her by the tail. >> easy, easy. easy. >> reporter: there's a field veterinarian here to make sure the animal is okay and to check if she has a baby in her pouch. >> no? okay, good. whew. okay. so now they're going to put her in a burlap bag and she's going to try to get away as much as possible. she's okay. she's okay. all right. good girl. >> reporter: lisa daybeck is clearly relieved. as a conservationist, forcing an animal out of a tree and into a bag runs counter to her every instinct. >> okay, okay. good fellow, hello. >> she is cute. >> she's beautiful. >> reporter: but she believes the more we know about how these mysterious, endangered animals
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live and eat and breed, the easier it will be to protect them here in the wild. they put on a tiny camera. >> great. >> good girl. >> good girl. we have no idea what they do up top in the canopy. we want to see what fruit plants they eat. >> reporter: papua new guinea is one of the only places on earth you can see tree kangaroos. not long ago these villagers we're with used to hunt and eat tree kangaroos. with daybeck's help they've now set aside huge tracts of land to protect the animals. if these guys were not sitting beside the land what would happen to the tree kangaroos? >> they might be hunted out. >> reporter: the next day we go out to look for another tree kangaroo. a few days ago the team fitted the animal with a camera. >> she's definitely here. she's beautiful. >> there she goes. >> reporter: another free-fall.
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>> is she okay? >> yes. >> good girl. >> reporter: and so, under a tarp in the pounding rain, the team stares rapt as they're allowed for the first time into the private world of the reclusive animal they've all spent years of their lives trying to understand and protect. the camera belongs to national geographic. they call it their critter cam. lisa daybeck tears up as she watches. she was told this could never be done. but now she is witnessing a breakthrough 15 years in the making. >> wow. that was great. >> reporter: this is dan harris in papua new guinea. >> what an incredible story there. what incredible dedication that woman has to the tree kangaroo. for 15 years of her life she dedicated herself to it.
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went eight years not even seeing one of those things. that's crazy. >> she got emotional watching everything. what really impressed me were the villagers. so skilled in climbing the trees and helping in the process. >> another job i would not want.
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it's our favorite part of the show, come on. >> oh, yes, everyone's favorite part of the show. you can always catch it on facebook. you need a good laugh, this is the story of the day. simon cowell left "american idol" to go to a new talent show called "the x factor" over in the uk. these two teenage girls get onstage, abby and lisa, doing their rendition of their song. and apparently they start off sweet, happy to be here, living the dream, blah, blah, blah. things get nasty as the performance goes on. take a look at how things progress on this new show. ♪ ♪ i'm not giving up oh no >> singing is not great.
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>> who are you? ♪ i'm going to get in trouble, i'm going to start a fight ♪ >> all right, let's recap that little nugget. first of all, the girl says to her, who are you? that was singer natalie rulio who had a big hit a couple of years ago. decks her while walking offstage. the other girl flips the audience the bird. these obviously were not the most dainty women. >> no, this is kind of like "jerry springer" meets "jersey shore." you know who's loving it all. >> simon cowell. lots of controversy, lots of money in the bank. you have the worst attitude of any contestant i've ever met on any of these shows. seriously, seriously rude. >> seriously. >> seriously. simon calls you rude, whoa.
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>> whoa, all right. move on to wyclef jean. we know he was running for president of haiti. it's been a little bit of a brouhaha with sean penn. sean penn went after him and head his campaign was basically all about a vision of flying around the world, talking to people. jean came back and said that he was -- sean penn was too busy sniffing cocaine to see me in haiti. obviously under the belt there. penn's rep shot back at his comments, found them highly irresponsible and false and that he does not understand volunteer work down there, it's strenuous and no time for recreational drugs. >> sean is a tough dude, i don't think you want to engage him and egg him on. not that wyclef couldn't handle himself but you never know how he'd retaliate against that. >> exactly. >> let it go. they didn't let you run. i'm sure he'll have a response, he's not shy responding. apparently there's a new autobiography coming out for lady gaga, the big pop star these days. she's huge. the thing is coming out later on
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this month. well, in this new autobiography, the claim actually she suffers from an eating disorder. actually her former tour manager named david has said that the 24-year-old singer would literally scarf down unhealthy food then stop eating for weeks at a time to fit into her elaborate, crazy costumes. she reportedly lost 20 pounds in between fittings, was hospitalized six times in 2009 to deal with her battles with food and potential disorder. now no response from her just yet. but you know, she kind of blamed jet lag for some of her health issues, that kind thing. we'll see what official response she has with this auto biography. coming out in just a few days on the 14th. she's admitted to drug use, now this. i know she's hugely popular. better watch out. some of the things going on in her personal life. >> kind of want her to be healthy. let's get to the kardashians. >> always. >> there is a big scoop going on from last night's show. and all the ladies out there, listen up. if you are engaged or married,
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and here are some stories to watch today on abc news. president obama proposes some new tax write-offs for businesses that invest in new plant and equipment through the end of the year. also we'll get an update on the progress of construction at new york's world trade center site. nearly nine years after it was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. while those 33 miners in chile wait to be rescued, members of a nasa team will discuss their recent work at the mine site. they have been helping develop a plan for maintaining all those miners' health. and finally this half hour, the amazing story of a patient at a new york hospital and his nurse.
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>> incredible story here. when that man checked into the hospital, he never could have imagined that while there he would find something he lost a long time ago. here now is jeremy hubbard. >> i love you. >> i love you too. >> reporter: family circumstance tore them apart. now a miraculous coincidence has brought them back together. when victor peraza came to this new york city hospital two weeks ago, a veteran nurse named wanda took note of her new patient's name. she told the story on "good morning america." >> doctor mentioned his name and i completely froze. i was stunned. and i said, i have to go into this room and look at this patient. i said, what are your children's names? right away he said, i have a daughter named wanda. and the second he said that i just -- burst out crying. i ran out of the room. >> reporter: it was her father who had walked out of her life in 1969. he and her mother married young. there were problems and they split up when wanda was just a baby.
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>> i came back into the room, i said, hi, i'm wanda. i'm your daughter. i'm your daughter. and he said -- he said, i know you're my daughter. and within less than five minutes i just gave him the biggest kiss and the biggest hug because i was so happy to finally meet my dad. >> reporter: in the tear-filled days that have followed wanda has introduced victor to the grandchildren he never knew. she's given him something he never expected -- forgiveness. >> we're not going to draw on the past because that's not important. he's here. and we're just going to enjoy the short time that we're going to have together. >> reporter: their time together is short because victor is terminally ill. he's being treated here for the final stages of cancer. he turned 61 later this week. and wanda just prays he'll make it until then. hopeful she'll finally get to celebrate a birthday with her father. jeremy hubbard, abc news, new york. >> you don't believe in miracles after that? >> that is one. >> that is. >> she has the right attitude.
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making news on this tuesday, september 7th. >> growing dissatisfaction of our now poll shows americans more unsatisfied with president obama's handling of the economy, as he rolls out more proposals to boost hiring. rising tensions. a top general in afghanistan says a pastor's plan to burn a koran on 9/11, a putting american troops in danger. if princes harry and william are now safe from hackers, is anyone? and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us. i'm rob nelson.
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>> and i'm meg oliver. vinita is off this morning. the president is set to reveal another new proposal to help the sagging economy. this one would use tax breaks to benefit businesses and corporations. >> but a new abc news poll released overnight shows what a daunting challenge democrats face heading into midterm elections. emily schmidt is joining us from washington with the latest numbers. >> reporter: this poll is filled with a lot of firsts. abc news/"washington post" poll that shows 92% of americans, nine out of ten of your neighbors, think this economy is in bad shape. and what's more, potentially bad news for democrats. voters seem to say they're tired of the status quo. this week, president obama is pitching a new economic plan, with the hopes of winning. >> i think yes, we can. is more inspiring than no, we can't. >> reporter: but a new poll shows more people saying about the president, no, he hasn't. for the first time, most voters,
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52%, disapprove the way mr. obama is handling the job overall. more voters say the president has made the economy worse. >> i'm going to keep fighting every, single day. every, single hour. every, single minute, to turn this economy around. >> reporter: the first idea, $50 billion for transportation projects. tomorrow, the president will propose a $200 billion tax writeoff on new investments and corporations. republican house leader, john boehner, says we don't need more government stimulus spending. we need to end washington democrats' out-of-control spending spree. >> i don't think there's anything our president or congress can come up with that would provide a big jolt to the economy by election day. >> reporter: the poll shows public dissatisfaction with the democrat-controlled federal government is at its highest level in 18 years. supporters say, give the president time. >> it's just like losing weight. the weight comes on really fast and easy. but when you're trying to
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correct it, it is a slow process. >> reporter: but the midterm elections are now just two months away. and here is one more thing from the poll. it shows that likely voters say they are more likely to vote for the republican candidate in their district by 53% to 40%. that is a record margin. rob? >> emily schmidt, in washington. thanks, emily. major religious leaders hold a news conference later today in washington, as controversy heats up over the planned burning of the koran. a florida minister says he plans to go ahead with the direction of the islamic holy book to mark the 9/11 anniversary. that's despite a warning from the top commander in afghanistan that burning the koran could put u.s. troops in harm's way. martha raddatz reports from kabul. >> reporter: the crowd in downtown kabul reached nearly 500 with protesters chanting, long live the koran. an effigy of pastor terry jones, from the tiny florida church, was lit on fire. the protesters, well aware the
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pastor's inflammatory comments. >> islam is an evil religion. >> reporter: but anger has spread far beyond pastor jones, with choochbts death to america, echoing through the crowd. minutes later, rocks were hurled at a passing u.s. military convoy. the u.s. commander in afghanistan, general david petraeus, is outraged by the threat to burn the koran, saying in a statement that it could "endanger troops. and it could endanger the overall effort here." we spoke in kabul with the former vice chief of staff of the army, general jack keane. >> it is outrageous. and it is insulting to muslims. but it's also insulting to the soldiers, for what they stand for and what their commitment is to the muslims in this country. >> reporter: pastor jones vowed he would go ahead with the koran burning. >> what we are doing is long overdue. we're revealing, again, the violence of islam that is much, much deeper than we would like
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to admit. >> reporter: jones has gotten more than 8,000 followers on facebook. but a page condemning him has 20-times that number. that has not calmed the protesters here in kabul. and there are fears that the protests planned for tuesday could be even larger. martha raddatz, abc news, kabul. after slamming into mexico's northern gulf coast last night, tropical storm hermine is now hovering over south texas. it's already churning up the waters from brownsville to galveston, along the texas coast, creating some dangerous conditions for swimmers there. hermine is bringing heavy rain and winds up to 65 miles per hour. it's expected to drop up to a foot of rain as far north as dallas. forecasters say flash flooding will be a major problem throughout the day. a powerful wildfire that started in the foothills of colorado is now spreading in that region. the fire has destroyed some homes and even forced the evacuation of at least 1,000
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others. it started monday in four mile canyon, which is northwest of boulder. since then, winds of up to 45 miles per hour have spread flames in several directions. so far, no injuries have been reported. investigators in west virginia are trying to figure out the cause of a fire which killed 27 racehorses. four barns near the racetrack in charlestown burned to the ground. workers described a frantic scene, as they tried to pull horses to safety as the fire spread. they were able to save nearly 30 of the animals. at least one person has been killed and three others injured after a small plane crashed on a residential street in southern nevada. authorities say the single-engine plane burst into flames in a crash in henderson monday. witnesses say it crashed upside down. and local residents had to douse it with hodeses before they could rescue the trapped passengers. now, for this morning's weather from around the nation. as we mentioned earlier, tropical storm hermine is
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pounding most of texas today. other stormy spots include the rest of the gulf coast, from louisiana into georgia. most of florida and around the great lakes. >> the rest of the country is mostly seasonable and pretty dry. in the upper midwest, expect cooler temps, in the 70s. the entire east coast zooms back into the 80s, ten degrees above the norm app and it will be hot and dangerously dry in much of the southwest. when we come back, the london tabloid that's making headlines for tapping the royal family's phones. and forget what your mother told you. money can actually buy happiness.
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and welcome back, everybody. time, now, for a check of market activity, starting overseas. tokyo's nikkei average dropped 0.8% today. hong kong's hang seng is up in late trading. and in london, the ftse opened lower. meanwhile, wall street will be back in business today after, of course, taking labor day off. the dow did gain almost 300 points last week. the nasdaq was up 80. bp is investing in online ads, apparently to combat damage to its reputation from the gulf oil spill. a google poll revealed in june, bp spent $3.6 million in ads in google's search results. before the spill, bp was spending about $57,000 a month for online ads. the justice department is investigating google's plans to
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buy ita software. ita powers some leading online sites, including kay yas, hotwire, and sidestep. there's concerns whether rivals would have access to ita services if google acquires the company. there is still a fear that google would steer the searchers away from other sites. they're not calling it ellen online. but aol and ellen degeneres are teaming up. they will share traffic, content and promotions with aol sites. aol has been trying to make deals with content providers to complement its own content. does money make you happy? a new survey find the answer is actually yes. the study published by the national academy of sciences, found that people's happiness rose with their income levels, until they're earning about $75,000 a year. after that, things pretty much level off. >> not surprising, right?
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>> not at all. when we come back, spying on the british royal family. how a paper dug up dirt on the princes. and who is more likely to have senior moments? men or women? a new study claims to have that answer. [ female announcer ] we've got stains, down to a science. new wisk, with our breakthrough stain spectrum technology targets all the major stain groups like proteins, carbohydrates and oils. its enzymes and cleaning agents tackle a full range of stains. you'll never look at stains the same way again. for a more powerful clean, try new wisk. fight stains with science.
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pancreatic cancer. he was 67 years old. extortion charges have been dropped in the bahamas at the request of actor john travolta. an ambulance driver and his attorney faced a retrial for trying to get $25 million from travolta after the death of his son. now, travolta says he no longer wants to face the pain of a new trial. critics of british prime minister are calling into investigates of andy colson. he denies accusations when he was the editor of a british tabloid, he encouraged reporters to hack into celebrity cell phones. miguel marquez reports those celebrities include prince william and prince harry. >> reporter: when prince william pulled a tendon ended up in the news, he wandered how. when prince harry visited a strip club, the same tabloid voted verbatim a teasing message on his cell phone.
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the claim it was the work of one investigator. but the accusations continue. claims the celebrity power couple, david and victoria beckham's messages were intercepted. model elle macpherson's phone, too. >> such was the culture of intimidation and bullying, that you would do it. >> reporter: during a lengthy investigation, "the new york times" spoke with shawn that he hacked into phones. his editor knew it. and the editor works for the british government. what started off as another nasty tabloid story here in london quickly became a hot political issue. the former editor of "the news of the world," is now the communications director for the prime minister. >> and i don't condone the use of phone hacking. and i don't have recollection of instances where phone hacking took place. >> i stood by andy. and been requested to tap phones or hack into them.
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he was well aware that the practice exists. >> reporter: in parliament, the conservative home secretary, the nation's top cop, deflected calls for a new investigation. but the left-leaning labor party here smells blood. >> surely, if this murky affair rumbles on, will the prime minister make a statement, releasing colton of his job. >> reporter: a tabloid scandal where the tabloid is the headline. and has the potential to become the first political scandal for the new government here. miguel marquez, abc news, london. staying with news from across the pond. a fascinating reel of newly-discovered, rare color footage from the second world war blitz is now being shown for the very first time. the short reel shows some of the damage inflicted on london by german bombing campaign. the footage which was found in an attic has been released to coincide with the 70th
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anniversary of that blitz. two, new studies are shedding some light on the amount of waste in the health care system. more than $55 billion a year goes towards defensive medical practices. mainly unnecessary tests and procedures to protect doctors from malpractice claims. the other study finds that more than a quarter of doctor visits for things like fevers, stomachaches and coughs take place in emergency rooms. older men are more likely than women to suffer from senior moments. a new study finds 19% of men aged 70 to 89, had mild cognitive impairment, which falls between normal forgetfulness and dementia. that's compared to 14% of women. people with this problem can carry out everyday activities and generally realize they are forgetful. jerry lewis has once again raidsed some big bucks for charity. contributions and pledges from this year's labor day event total almost $60 million. the money, of course, goes to the muscular dystrophy association.
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lewis, who is 84 years old now, has been hosting that telethon for more than four decades. time, now, for sports news and highlights from the biggest game from the first week of the college football season. here, now, is espn news. >> i'm paul severino with this espn news update. it sounds like a strong statement to make. but in the season's first week, it's a must-win for boise state, as number three takes on number ten, virginia tech. kellan moore, to the end zone. the great catch. they had to review this down on the field. see it again. he does make the grab. 17-0, boise state. they led 20-14, on the half. ryan williams gets it out to the nearside and in. virginia tech takes a 21-20 lead. later in the third quarter, boise state on their own 21 yard line on third and one. d.j. harper is going to pick up the first down and then some. rumbles 71 yards for the touchdown. boise state's extra point was
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blocked. so, the broncos have a 26-21 lead. they continue to go back and fourth. later in the third, roughing the kicker gave v.a. tech new life. boykin takes it in. and it's 27-26, virginia tech on top. 1:14 left, fourth quarter. boise state, down by four. moore back to pass. finds austin pettis in the end zone. and the broncos take a 33-30 lead. with 41 seconds to go, fourth and 11. last chance for virginia tech. tyrod back, steps. he has jared boykin. but jared boykin doesn't have the football. boise state holds on for the 33-30 win. a great game. that will do it for us, on the espn news update. i'm paul severino, back to you in new york. san francisco police have arrested a daredevil climber
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that managed to scale a 50-story building. >> the skyscraper man managed to climb up the city's millennium tower. it took him about three hours to scale the building. goodwin used suction cups but no ropes for his big climb. >> amazing. up next, the stories we'll be following today. including that fast-spreading wildfire in colorado. and cult hero and former flight attendant, steven slater, is back in court. ♪ [ beep ] ♪ [ beep ] [ beep ] ♪ [ beep ] [ male announcer ] find an italian masterpiece in your grocer's freezer. new from buitoni. shrimp and lobster ravioli with garlic butter sauce. simple ingredients, artfully prepared. buitoni. create an italian masterpiece.
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but it just tastes like fruit. v8. what's yournumber? now, a look ahead to the stories we'll be watching on this tuesday. tropical storm hermine is pounding much of texas today, packing winds of up to 65 miles per hour. but the biggest problem will be flooding. the storm is expected to drop up to a foot of rain from the coast-north, through dallas. firefighters in boulder, colorado, will try to contain a voracious wildfire that's already claimed dozens of homes. 1,000 homes have already been evacuated. and more residents could be asked to leave. we'll get an update of progress on new york's world trade center site, nearly nine years after it was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. billionaire george soros is expected to announce today that he is giving $100 million to human rights watch. the first of some really big
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gifts still to come. and former jetblue flight attendant, steven slater is in court today. more news coming right up. when i was seventeen i was not good to my skin.
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and finally from us this
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morning, a reunion story so extraordinary, little skeptical to believe that it's real. >> right. but we assure you it is all true. it involves a nurse and a patient, randomly assigned to her care. jeremy hubbard explains. >> i love you. >> i love you, too. >> reporter: family circumstance tore them apart. now, a miraculous coincidence has brought them back together. >> you did good. >> reporter: when victor peraza came to this new york city two weeks ago, a veteran nurse named wanda took note of her new patient's name. she told her story on "good morning america." >> i completely froze. i was stunned. i said, i have to go into this room and look at this patient. i said, what are your children's names? and right away, he said, i have a daughter named wanda. and the second he said that, i just burst out crying. and i ran out of the room. >> reporter: it was her father, who had walked out of her life in 1969.
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he and her mother married young. there were problems. and they split up when wanda was just a baby. >> i came back into the room. i said, hi. i'm wanda. i'm your daughter. i'm your daughter. and he said -- he said, i know you're my daughter. and within less than five minutes, i just gave him the biggest kiss and the biggest hug because i was so happy to finally meet my dad. >> reporter: in the tear-filled days that have followed, wanda has introduced victor to the grandchildren he never knew. and she's given him something he never expected, forgiveness. >> we're not going to dwell on the past because that's not important. he's here. and we're just going to enjoy the short time that we're going to have together. >> reporter: their time together is short because victor is terminally ill. he's being treated here for the final stages of cancer. he turns 61 later this week. and wanda just prays he'll make it until then, hopeful she'll finally get to celebrate a birthday with her father. jeremy hubbard, ab

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